We begin nurturing children in preschool at the age of two. The students experience a variety of developmentally appropriate activities during the day. Each activity is designed to allow children to explore and experience their environment. Learning social skills and developing independence are important components to development at these ages. Consideration is given to the individual child in an attempt to meet their needs in a loving and supportive atmosphere of learning.


Transitional Kindergarten

Foothill Oaks Academy is proud to offer a Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program as a bridge between preschool and kindergarten.  This readiness year for four and five year old children will provide the discipline of classroom routines while offering plenty of time for free exploration.  Transitional Kindergarten implements small group and “hands-on” learning in a language-rich environment, which when combined with a more structured, academic schedule will better prepare young students for success in kindergarten.  In addition to laying the educational foundation necessary for successful elementary school years, TK introduces students to a variety of weekly enrichment classes taught by teachers specializing in the specific area of activity/study.  They will enjoy the same enrichments as our K-8 students. 

In order to prepare students for the social and academic expectations of a traditional kindergarten the following year, Foothill Oaks Academy has set the following objectives for our TK students:

In preparation for the wonderful experience of reading:

  • Learn upper and lower case letters by sight
  • Become familiar with the sounds that letters make
  • Be able to rhyme words
  • Know the meaning of different prepositions such as below, beside, under, over, etc.
  • Work from left to right
  • Describe pictures, actions or activities using words and sentences

To develop oral and written language:

  • Use complete sentences
  • Able to look at a picture and predict outcome and feelings
  • Express ideas clearly
  • Use words rather than actions to express displeasure
  • Learn to print first name using upper and lower case letters
  • Develop small muscle coordination by: cutting, pasting, drawing coloring, painting, tracing patterns
  • Write letters and numbers as developmentally appropriate
  • Understand days of week and the concept of a monthly calendar
  • Expand and increase receptive and spoken language

To prepare for math concepts:

  • Classify objects by color, size, shape and common use
  • Identify position of objects as well as size
  • Count zero to twenty
  • Recognize and write zero to twenty
  • Connect sequential numbers in a dot- to- dot worksheet
  • Understand the concept of more, less and equal
  • Compare weight, length and height
  • Identify geometric shapes – circle, square, triangle, rectangle, and oval
  • Understand patterns and predict the next shape or color in a given pattern